New Orleans Pedestrain Accident Lawyer
Drivers have a duty to yield to pedestrians at crossings and to drive with caution wherever foot traffic is expected. Unfortunately, pedestrians pay the price when aggressive or distracted drivers disregard their duty to safety.
Stephen Rue & Associates Law Firm in Kenner, New Orleans and Gretna, Louisiana holds car and truck drivers accountable for injuries to pedestrians. Our founding attorney has represented motor vehicle accident victims in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana for more than 26 years.
Attorney Stephen Rue, voted “BEST ATTORNEY” in Gambit Weekly “Best of New Orleans” Readers Poll 2012 and also rated a “SUPERB” lawyer by AVVO Ratings, is ready to assist you with your personal injury claim. Stephen Rue and his team of highly experienced personal injury trial and settlement attorneys have represented thousands of clients; some of which have received millions of dollars in settlement and/or judgments. Individual results do differ from case to case and it is the goal of Stephen Rue & Associates to get the you the highest recovery that your case merits. Let Louisiana Trial Attorney Stephen Rue represent you today. Please call (504) 529-5000 for a FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION.
Important Facts About Pedestrian Injuries, Deaths and Accidents in Louisiana and the United States.
In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
Who is most at risk?
- Older adults
Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11% of all pedestrians injured in 2010.
In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
- Drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired
Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or for the pedestrian—was reported in 47% of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death. Of the pedestrians involved, 33% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter (g/d L).
Additionally, higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of injury. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night.
Metairie Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys
While the driver is protected, pedestrians commonly suffer severe or permanent injuries, including broken bones, head trauma or spinal injuries. The medical bills and lost wages mount up, and the road to recovery can be long, hard and uncertain. These problems are compounded when drivers are uninsured or underinsured, or when a panicked or cold-hearted driver speeds off after a pedestrian hit and run.
Our law firm promptly investigates and aggressively pursues compensation for the physical, financial and personal impact. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have handled every type of pedestrian accident, including adults and children hit by cars:
- In crosswalks and uncontrolled crossings
- In parking lots and driveways
- In alleys and loading zones
- On residential streets
- On the shoulder of highways
- While walking or riding a bike or scooter
Establishing Negligence And Damages
There may be disagreement about who was at fault. The driver may say the victim jaywalked, crossed against the light or “darted out” into the roadway. We focus our investigation on the driver’s careless or reckless operation. Was he or she speeding or distracted by a telephone? Was there a failure to yield when turning or to look when backing up? We visit the scene to take photos, talk to witnesses and sometimes hire accident reconstruction experts to establish liability.
Just as importantly, we work with clients, family members, doctors and other professionals to understand the extent of injury, ongoing medical needs and other long-term impact. We assemble a strong case for damages for future medical care, lost earnings, permanent impairment, and pain and suffering.